Fruiterer

For the Australian cicada of the same name, see Cyclochila australasiae.


A greengrocer, also called a produce market or fruiterer, is a retail trader in fruit and vegetables; that is, in green groceries.[1] Greengrocer is primarily a British and Australian term, and greengrocers' shops were once common in suburbs, towns and villages. They have been affected by the dominant rise of supermarkets, but many can be found managing small shops or stores in towns and cities and in some villages. Greengrocers can also be found in street markets and malls, or managing produce departments at supermarkets. Such traders typically handle the entire business of buying, selling, and book-keeping themselves.

A syndicated television segment entitled "The Green Grocer" featured consumer advocate Joe Carcione, advising viewers on how to best shop for fruits and vegetables. This popular segment aired during the 1970s and 1980s in the United States and Canada.[2]

The greengrocers' apostrophe

Because of its misuse on greengrocers' signs, such as for apple's, orange's or banana's, an apostrophe used incorrectly to form a plural is known as a greengrocers' apostrophe.[3]


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